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“The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor, to proclaim liberty to captives, and recovery of sight to the blind…”

Lk 4:18

Our 2021 Totus Tuus Teachers

TEAM VERITAS

Andrew Bailey (Team Leader)

Hi! My name is Andrew Bailey, I am 23 years old, and I am a 1st Pre-Theology seminarian at St. John's Seminary for the Diocese of Portland. My faith life has been a journey of falling deeper in love with Our Lord and the beauty, truth, and goodness of the Catholic faith. My faith has always been a part of my life and following Our Lord has opened many doors and possibilities for me that I never could have anticipated. I enjoy Nordic skiing, running, playing soccer, reading, praying the Rosary, mountain biking, ultimate frisbee, and spending time with friends and family. During the Totus Tuus program, I am most looking forward to sharing the beauty and awesomeness of our Catholic faith with the students and families we meet this summer, as well as getting to know some parish communities and areas of Maine I have not yet had the opportunity to visit! 

Emma Slocum

My name is Emma Slocum, I’m 22 and I just graduated from Saint Anselm College with a major in business and a minor in theology. College can be a difficult place to maintain a healthy faith life, but I have been so blessed in the past four years with friends and mentors that have created a supportive and loving faith community. It is my hope to share that love and support with the young students of Totus Tuus. I love reading, going to the beach, hiking with friends, walking my dog and gardening. I think it is important to have a friendship with Jesus, and I am excited to share with Totus Tuus how fun and important that friendship has been in my life, and how fun and important it can be in theirs. I’ll be seeing you all soon!

Peter Cusack

Hello! My name is Peter Cusack and I am 19 years old. I am currently a first-year student at the University of Maine and I am studying International Affairs. My faith life has been very valuable to me throughout my life. I was very fortunate to start my academics at Saint Thomas Elementary School in Sanford. I was able to have a foundation of my faith and let it grow long after I left. Alter serving and attending men's discernment groups have been vital for my faith life because of the connection with other Catholic men who share the same goals that I do. My faith has been the bedrock of my life for as long as I can remember. I enjoy playing sports and being active, reading books, praying with friends, attending Adoration, and playing board games. I am looking forward to traveling across the parishes of the Diocese of Portland. I am looking forward to learning and sharing that with the people we encounter this summer. Teaching our Catholic faith to students will be very uplifting to me and the other team members. 

Rachel Statz

Hi! My name is Rachel Statz and I am a 19-year old Junior at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. I am double majoring in Theology and American Studies and my favorite thing to do is spend time with my family and friends! I have 5 brothers and 1 sister and they are the joys of my life. I love swimming and exploring with them in the rain or shine and I LOVE dancing but, most of all, I love to sing! When I sing I am able to praise God in a way where I feel jubilantly connected to Him. I love singing hymns and being a part of the Choir during Mass. One of my favorite songs to sing is Salve Regina for I have a strong devotion to the Blessed Mother and her most chaste spouse, Saint Joseph. I love being a witness to the faith and watching hearts be set on fire with the Holy Spirit, and love for Christ. Leading others towards Christ is my greatest desire in life and it is why I am so excited to be a Totus Tuus teacher- to teach and lead others toward God's glory!

TEAM CARITAS

Lam Vo (Team Leader)

Hello, my name is Lam Vo and I am a 1st Year Pre-Theology seminarian at Theological College in Washington, D.C. I was born into a Catholic family in Vietnam and my faith has always been extremely important to me. I participated in activities such as altar serving, singing in the choir, youth groups, prayer groups, charity groups, etc. These activities increased the foundation of my faith. I believe that my faith and spirituality has helped me through some hard times, and thus shaped who I am today. This foundation of faith is also the driving force for my priestly vocation. Now, my dream is becoming a holy priest of Jesus Christ so that I can love God more fully and have the opportunity to serve and evangelize others. In my free time, I love being outside whenever possible. I like reading books, playing soccer, biking, swimming, kayaking, fishing, hiking, playing music, singing, and traveling. Another one of my favorite things is to meet new people, so I am looking forward to participating in Totus Tuus and being immersed in a life of prayer and give witness to the fruits of faith to those participating in the Totus Tuus program. 

Elliot Hachey

Hi everyone! My name is Elliot Hachey and I am so excited to be a part of bringing Totus Tuus to Maine this year! Although I was baptized at St Michael’s Parish in Augusta, I have been involving myself at Good Shepherd Parish in Saco volunteering as a Youth Minister for the Middle School Formation Program. I am currently in the process of graduating from UNE this year with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. While balancing various positions like being an RA, serving on the Undergraduate Student Government, and working as a tutor, I have found so much comfort and joy in growing closer to Christ through strengthening my Catholic faith. I feel entirely blessed to be able to be aware of God’s glory when I’m out enjoying the beauty of His creation while hiking trails or fishing on ponds. This will be my 2nd year as a Totus Tuus Teacher, and I am really looking forward to returning to some of the wonderful parishes and communities I got to be a part of two years ago. I am also incredibly excited to be meeting some new faces in communities where it will be my first time visiting! God bless you all and know of my prayers for you!

Mary Kocev

Hello! My name is Mary Kocev, and I am an incoming sophomore nursing major at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH. I am from York, Maine and a member of the Parish of the Ascension of the Lord. I love to spend time outside, read, and play the violin! Currently, I play with the Praise and Worship band at my school! My faith is super important to me, and I am so inspired by the theology of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux. I love her childlike faith and her emphasis on complete confidence in God. I have no idea what God has in store for me this summer, but I pray that I can be like Saint Thérèse and place all my trust in Him! I am so excited, and I am looking forward to encountering God in a brand new way through Totus Tuus!

Christine Quirion

Hi everyone! My name is Christine Quirion, and I am 21 years old. I am a rising Senior at Saint Anselm College, and I am a Business Major with a Theatre Arts Minor. I am from Winslow, Maine and am a part of Corpus Christi Parish. Music is a huge part of my life and helps me strengthen my relationship with God. I play guitar and love to sing! I also love spending time with my family. I am so grateful to go to a college that helps me strengthen my faith and my relationships with the people around me. I believe that my faith acts as a beacon of light to help shine God’s goodness and love to those who may or may not know Him. I am looking forward to meeting new people and helping encourage young people towards a fruitful relationship with their faith. 

TEAM LOCATIONS

PARISH DATES VERITAS PARISHES CARITAS PARISHES
Jun. 20-25 St. John Vianney (Fort Kent) St. Joseph (Farmington)
Jun. 27 - Jul. 2. St. Mary of the Visitation (Houlton) Corpus Christi (Waterville)
Jul. 11-16 Good Shepherd (Saco) Precious Blood (Caribou)
Jul. 25-30 St. Paul the Apostle (Bangor) Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Windham)
Aug. 1-6 Prince of Peace (Lewiston) All Saints (Brunswick)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please keep our teaching teams in your prayers this summer as they give witness to the Catholic faith and work with the children in our parishes!